14 inches, what does it mean?

7 May

The Northwest coast may see a 14-inch rise in sea level by 2050. Emma Mustich reports in Salon:

Salon spoke to professor Peter Ward, author of “The Flooded Earth: Our Future in a World Without Ice Caps” (whom we’ve interviewed before), who explained that while a 14-inch sea level rise is frightening enough on its own, it’s the specter of a resulting “storm surge” — and the failure of many local authorities to plan effectively for the future — that actually worries him the most.

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One Response to “14 inches, what does it mean?”

  1. spyder May 7, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    Well, i suppose that would depend upon just where one is. Living on some of the islands in the sound, and up along the Alaskan channel corridor, you might find it a very wet mushy landscape. Most of the coastline is rather vertical, although Astoria and other river towns on the Columbia flood plain would need to make a move. The city with the biggest problem would be Portland/Vancouver, with harbor infrastructure threats, and a whole host of issues with those that live on houseboats. Fourteen inches would certainly push the river/tidal flow higher up into the city, impacting the Willamette and the other riparian creeks/rivers. Seattle’s biggest problem would be the locks between Lake Washington and the Sound. They might have to take one out, or come up with some variously weird solution. There’s that and there is the endlessly postponed tunnel viaduct project that would need significant reengineering.

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